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A Maine river of many faces draws strong support

The Bagaduce River in mid-coast Maine is a fertile resource for working fishermen, home to seals and other wildlife, and a site for waterfront homes and recreational uses. Citizens concerned with ensuring all of those uses are given equal weight gathered on April 30, 2014 at the Penobscot Community School for a forum on aquaculture held by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Penobscot citizen addresses Maine DMR officials

Penobscot citizen addresses Maine DMR officials

Penobscot resident Tom Adamo addresses Maine Department of Marine Resources and fellow citizens at a public meeting on Bagaduce River aquaculture held in Penobscot on April 30, 2014.

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Gunilla Kettis, Bagaduce Watershed Association member

Gunilla Kettis, Bagaduce Watershed Association member

Gunilla Kettis of Castine, a member of the Bagaduce Watershed Association, speaks at a public meeting on Bagaduce River aquaculture on the held by the Maine Department of Marine Resources in on April 30, 2014.

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Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, Maine

Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, Maine

Rep. Ralph Chapman (D-Brooksville) urges citizens to bring proposals for changes in aquaculture regulations to the Marine Resources Committee of the Maine Legislature, of which he is a member. He spoke at an April 30, 2014 forum held in Penobscot by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

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Maine DMR Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson

Maine DMR Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson

DMR Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson addresses the crowd at a public meeting on aquaculture on the Bagaduce River held in Penobscot, Maine on April 30, 2014.

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Brooksville resident Dan Cassidy speaks out.

Brooksville resident Dan Cassidy speaks out.

Brooksville resident Dan Cassidy speaks at a public meeting on Bagaduce River aquaculture leases held by the Maine Department of Marine Resources, on April 30, 2014, in Penobscot.

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Biologist Jon Lewis of the Maine DMR

Biologist Jon Lewis of the Maine DMR

Biologist Jon Lewis, of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, addresses the crowd at a public meeting on Bagaduce River aquaculture held by in Penobscot Community School on April 30, 2014.

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Citizens fill the Penobscot school gym for aquaculture forum

Citizens fill the Penobscot school gym for aquaculture forum

Around 250 citizens of Maine coastal towns of Castine, Brooksville, Sedgwick and Penobscot attended a public meeting on Bagaduce River aquaculture leases held by the Maine Department of Marine Resources, on April 30, 2014.

Photo by Anne Berleant

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Castine and Brooksville Harbormaster Sarah Cox

Castine and Brooksville Harbormaster Sarah Cox

Castine and Brooksville Harbormaster Sarah Cox speaks with aquaculture administrator Diantha Robinson just before the public meeting that drew some 250 people to the Penobscot Community School.

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Jesse Leach of Bagaduce Oyster Company

Jesse Leach of Bagaduce Oyster Company

Jesse Leach of Bagaduce Oyster Company addresses the crowd during a public meeting discussing the pros and cons of aquaculture on the Bagaduce River.

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Penobscot Chairman of Selectmen Paul Bowen

Penobscot Chairman of Selectmen Paul Bowen

Penobscot Chairman of Selectmen Paul Bowen addresses Maine Department of Marine Resources officials at a public meeting on aquaculture on the Bagaduce River held by the DMR at the Penobscot Community School on April 30. See more photos and video at castinepatriot.com.

Photo by Anne Berleant